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Minority Serving Institution Fellowship

Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

Are you a faculty member from a group traditionally under-represented in the applied social sciences, public health or education working at a Minority Serving Institution*? Are you looking for an opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities, expand your professional network, and improve your knowledge and understanding of topics related to evaluation, assessment, and applied research?

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is now seeking applications from those interested in participating in the 2018-2019 Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Faculty Initiative. This initiative will bring a cohort of faculty from MSIs together throughout the 2018-2019 academic year and into the fall of 2019 to participate in webinars, the AEA Summer Evaluation Workshop Series, and the AEA annual conference.

Program Purpose: The overall purpose of the initiative is to increase the participation of evaluators and academics from underrepresented groups in the profession of evaluation and in the American Evaluation Association. The MSI Faculty Initiative identifies this group of potential and practicing evaluators by drawing from faculty at MSIs. The program focuses on:

  • Broadening their understanding of evaluation as a profession; and
  • Strengthening their knowledge of evaluation theory and methods through workshops, webinars, mentoring and experiential projects.

Program Goals: The goals of the program are to help faculty at MSIs to:

1. Enhance the evaluation activities and/or curriculum in their departments or universities

2. Orient students to evaluation as a career/profession

3. Disseminate information about evaluation and AEA to colleagues

4. Expand their knowledge of evaluation; and

5. Encourage collaborative writing projects that reflect cross-disciplinary ideals

Program Components:

  • Orientation via webinar/conference call
  • Webinar-based Experts Exchange with leaders in teaching evaluation approximately monthly
  • Monthly teleconference for reporting on individual initiatives and collaboration, peer support.
  • Attendance and participation in the AEA Summer Evaluation Professional Development Institute 
  • Participation in either individual or a group/cohort culminating evaluation exercise
  • Webinar-based summer training debrief/focus group after Summer training
  • Attendance and participation at AEA's annual conference including networking opportunities and specialized training and opportunities for the MSI faculty group as a culminating activity in November of 2019. 
  • Webinar-based Conference debrief/focus group in late November
  • Ongoing access to resources through a specialized webpage
  • Ongoing affiliation to the American Evaluation Association
  • Ongoing affiliation to an AEA local affiliate if present in the region

MSI Fellow Expectations: The MSI faculty are required to participate in the following programmatic activities

  • Fully participate in all periodic webinar and conference calls for orientation, training, planning, debriefing, and focus groups (monthly and as needed)
  • Submission of a brief final report on your plans and progress toward enhancing your research and/or evaluation courses.
  • Propose and deliver a final "product" demonstrative of the benefit of participation and contributing to the profession and AEA (e.g. presentation, publication, teaching materials, modules, etc.).
  • Attendance and participation in the AEA Summer Evaluation Professional Development Institute AND AEA's annual conference including networking opportunities and specialized training and opportunities for the MSI faculty group as a culminating activity in November of 2019.
  • Written contribution to the AEA MSI Fellow Blog week

Financial Support: The following financial support is provided to those participating in the MSI Faculty Initiative

  • Registration fee waiver to AEA annual conference and workshops
  • Registration fee waiver to Summer Evaluation Professional Development Institute
  • Travel and accommodations to attend the AEA annual conference (Evaluation 2019) in Minneapolis, MN and the Summer Institute professional development series in Atlanta, GA

Eligibility Requirements: To be considered for the AEA MSI Faculty Initiative, applicants must:

1. Be a full-time faculty member at a Minority Serving Institution within the continental United States and Puerto Rico.

2. Have a course assignment that includes the teaching of an evaluation and/or research methods course within one's academic department,

3. Teach in the education, social/behavioral sciences, physical/natural sciences, humanities, public health, or business or non-profit administration,

4. Demonstrate interest (through a written essay) in learning more about evaluation theory, methods, and the profession as well as a commitment to integrating new learning from initiative participation within your class structure,

5. Demonstrate initiative (through a brief written essay) describing how you would coordinate collaboration with other MSI Fellows and develop a timeline for the submission of program tasks (e.g., course enhancement report, blog posts, and group paper presentations) based upon your experience with malleable professional development

6. Provide a letter of support from the appropriate Department Chair or Dean. This letter should include a statement of understanding the institutional commitment to provide support and mentorship to you as a Fellow during the fellowship year

Click here to apply for this year's MSI Fellowship. All materials must be received by Zachary Grays at the AEA offices on or before February 8, 2019.

Want to learn more about the MSI Fellowship? Contact MSI Coordinator Art Hernandez via aeherna8@uiwtx.edu.

* A minority serving institution is a federally recognized Title IV institution of higher education that serves minority populations